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Brandi Ediss’ Debut Album “Bees And Bees And Bees” a Sweet Surprise

23 Jun

It’s always such a pleasure to “discover” a talented singer-songwriter who, even within the world of indie music, is relatively unknown. Such was the case for me with Brandi Ediss (last name rhymes with “lettuce”), a gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from Northampton, Massachusetts.

Ediss is a children’s photographer, and by all appearances, a good one. But obviously, she’s also an amazing musician — handling the lead vocals and playing guitar, ukulele, piano, melodica, and occasionally something else — such as sleigh bells, music box or finger snaps.

On her debut album, Bees And Bees And Bees, she has assembled a wonderful assortment of indie pop tunes — sometimes quirky, sometimes fun, and often heartbreaking — but always set to great melodies.

Some of the lyrics sound highly personal — which tends to ensure that the songs are honest and endearing, capturing real emotions at a human level.

Overall, this is an incredible debut from a fantastically gifted singer-songwriter. Indie music is lucky to have her.

Track highlights: Bees and Bees and Bees opens with the jazzy title track, sounding unlike anything else in the 12-song set. In fact, this illustrates one of the best things about the album.  There are no two songs that sound alike.

Track 2, “Count To Three” is a true standout. It features syncopated melodic pop that’s a throwback to the hit singles of the 1970s. There are nice dynamic music shifts — and a positive theme that runs through the song, “If you think it’s gonna be great, it’s gonna be great/And by the end of the day, I’m fine.”

“Chicago” is tuneful chamber pop with fingerpicked guitar and swelling strings — an ode to Ediss’ original home.

Track 4 on Bees And Bees And Bees, “Robot Heart,” is fun, light, strummy pop with a prominent ukulele that’s reminiscent of a band like the Corner Laughers. (In fact, it was Karla Kane of the Corner Laughers who referred Ediss to me…don’t know if it was because of the ukulele on this song.)   🙂

“Stupid Boyfriend” is bouncy and upbeat, with a hint of a 1960s girl group style.  And another highlight track is “The Sweetest Words,” a lilting folk-pop tune with spare and honest, heartfelt lyrics. Ediss backs her pure vocals with both a strummed and fingerpicked guitar.

Really, you could choose any track on Bees And Bees And Bees and find a favorite. I must confess that this is one of my personal picks so far of 2020.

The Corner Laughers’ “Temescal Telegraph” Features Exceptional Folk-Pop That Captures our Time and Place

1 Jun

It seems impossible, but it’s been a full five years since the Mid-peninsula’s own Corner Laughers have released a new album. Much has changed.

Band members’ young children have started school. Drummer, Charlie Crabtree, moved out of the immediate Bay Area — although fortunately for this tightknit group of friends as well as musicians, he’s remained part of the band.

Lead singer-songwriter, Karla Kane, released her first solo LP, King’s Daughters Home For Incurables, and another single to much acclaim. Bassist Khoi Huynh, Karla’s husband, contributed to numerous albums and continues to work as part of the professional staff at Stanford. And lead guitarist, KC Bowman, has been prolific with his own projects such as Get Passive from Fireproof Sam and the Network Stars, and his work on other albums such as the Bye Bye Blackbirds’ Boxer at Rest.

And oh yes, there’s this stay-at-home thing we’ve all had to deal with.

Our changing world, the passage of time and the growing maturity of the band is reflected in the Corner Laughers’ latest release, Temescal Telegraph — recorded at Bowman’s Timber Trout studios in the Temescal area of Oakland (near Telegraph).

The band’s new label (yes, that’s changed as well), Big Stir Records, describes their music as a combination of English folk-psych (think, the Kinks) and California sunshine pop — with a dash of alt-country twang at times.

But at heart, what you’ll hear in Temescal Telegraph is catchy folk-pop or folk music that’s intelligent, insightful and thought-provoking, while being musically engaging — whether the subject is coming to grips with the circle of life (“The Accepted Time”), the changing of the seasons (“Wren In The Rain”) or a long-surviving turkey vulture (“Lord Richard”).

Track highlights: “Calculating Boy” opens the ten-song set with a syncopated pop romp, featuring a captivating stop-and-go rhythm and castanets.  Yes, castanets!  Kane explained to a music blogger that the song is inspired by “19th-century mathematical prodigies, 17th-century witch hunts and 20th-century occultists,” so clearly this is not your typical love-ballad pop.

Track 2, “The Changeling,” demonstrates the band’s versatility and ability to travel through time to an earlier period with a classic rock sound that features Huynh’s blues-y honky tonk piano.

First single, “The Accepted Time,” is a chill-inducing, melancholy ballad that truly captures the emotions of our current time and place. It examines how life means “letting go” of worries, and staying in the present as time passes and life goes on. This is truly a masterpiece of pop-rock, with Kane’s unmatched ukulele-based melody and Bowman’s understated guitar in the lead break.

“The Lilac Line” is light and playful, again with Kane’s ukulele prominent. This is the first of several full band covers of compositions from Kane’s 2017 solo album — and the song comes alive with the full arrangement.

Temescal Telegraph is an album with at least five singles, and “Goodguy Sun” is one of them. The song is an easygoing pop stroll with drum triplets and a lilting piano-based melody that amply showcases Kane’s sweet and pure vocals. It was written by English songwriter, poet and author, Martin Newell (Cleaners from Venus).

“Skylarks Of Britain” feels like a throwback to a proper classical minuet — with chimey acoustic guitar, piano and orchestra. The song builds to electric guitar and drum solos. Closer, “Lord Richard,” is a bright piano folk-rock ballad about the previously referenced turkey vulture, Lord Richard, who’s approaching the ripe old age of 46 at Lindsay’s Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek.

Temescal Telegraph releases this Friday, June 5th and is available on the Corner Laughers Bandcamp page.

 

New Spell Releases “Of Time, Part III” — Exceptional Electro-pop for our Time

26 May

Leanne Kelly is a gifted singer-songwriter and keyboardist based in San Francisco. Three years ago, Kelly and Jacob Frautschi, as the duo New Spell, released Of Time, Part I. Little did they know how timely what has turned out to be a three-part EP series would be.

On the compilations, Kelly sings about time in all of its permutations — how we experience it, adapt to it and ultimately embrace its passage and the influence time has on our lives. Could this be any more topical?

So, here we are in COVID-19 time, and New Spell is wrapping up the series with the release of Of Time, Part III.

As always, New Spell’s music consists of dark, yet highly accessible, synth-pop. The EPs are cerebral, sensual and sumptuous — with catchy melodies and waves of music that wash over you. The lyrics make you think about time in new ways — and with where we are today, this might be the perfect time to do that.

Kelly plays the piano, synths, other keyboards, some percussion, and handles the vocals. Frautschi plays the drums and assists with some synths. And Max Savage provided additional synths, piano and drums on Of Time, Part III.

Track highlights: The EP opens with “Easier,” contemplative techno-pop with playful keyboard runs layered in. There’s a buzzy lead break — and a joyful breakbeat-driven ending. Kelly’s lyrics pose a question we’re all thinking about right now, “What will change and what will remain.”

“Future’s Wild” features driving “indie-disco” with a club beat. It’s more industrial sounding in some ways, but also features sparkling synth arpeggios layered in.

Track 3, “Home,” is a beautiful synth-pop ballad with soaring vocals and synth strings. Machine-like keys swirl. The lyrics speak to “finding creativity and meaning in love despite living in a time that often feels hopeless.”

Finally worth noting is “Where You Are,” a single that New Spell released last year while the finishing touches were being put onto this EP. It’s dreamy, dancey and infectious — set to almost an Afrobeat. Uplifting lyrics are about acceptance — wherever you are.

Of Time, Part III closes with a fifth song, “Forgotten,” that starts as a piano ballad, but builds to a fuzzed-out, distorted climax.

As you can tell, this is more than just some spacey EDM. It’s beautiful, mesmerizing and often dynamic electro-pop with melodies that make it really worth your…time. Check out the entire Of Time series of EPs from New Spell on their Bandcamp page.

 

Circus of the West’s “Ring” Delivers Tasty Pop with a Dash of Rock Theatrics

12 May

I discovered Circus of the West in 2017 with the release of their debut album, We’ll See Ourselves Out. Like many indie bands, Circus of the West isn’t in this for the money, or because they hold much hope of becoming the next Arcade Fire (although they probably wouldn’t mind).

No, the band members simply love making music — and in Circus of the West’s case, that translates into “theatrical pop infused with guitar-driven rock energy.”

The band is led by a trio of…gulp…attorneys, who are partners in a major Minneapolis-based law firm. Now, don’t click away. Frontmen include singer-songwriter and keyboardist, Ed Caldie. Ben Court on lead guitar. And another guitarist, Joel Leviton. The three are joined by Jason Kapel on bass and David Hoffman on drums.

And not surprisingly, they’ve put those good brains to use writing songs about “loss, hope, identity, and connection” with an intelligence that’s rare in indie pop rock.

For example, on the band’s 2017 debut album, “Asma” is a song about Asma al-Assad, the London born and raised First Lady of Syria, whose benign acceptance of her husband’s — Bashar al-Assad’s — actions in that war-torn country have raised more than a few eyebrows.

On their latest release, Ring, they delve deeply into a variety of life stories with lyrics that I’m still exploring. Rest assured, these songs are about more than “boy meets girl…falls in love…and lives happily ever.”

Caldie’s vocals are ideal for the theatrics that are woven into many of the compositions — which often swell into full rock anthems like some of Queen’s songs. And always, the melodies on Ring are catchy and fun.

Track highlights: The seven-song set opens with “Giant Slayer,” which fades in so slowly that you’ll likely check to see if you pushed the play button. From that soft beginning, the song builds into a big rock anthem that would work well in any arena.

Track 3, “Alex And The Knot,” is a pristine piano ballad that, again, starts sparely before swelling into an anthem with roaring, distorted guitars, soaring vocals and playful synths. Caldie’s singing is at times reminiscent of the Bare Naked Ladies — and this is one of those tunes.

Ring’s most beautiful song is the exquisite “Love Always.” A mid-tempo pop ballad, it opens with strummed guitar and chimey piano. But the arrangement shifts into almost a folk rock sound, with an energetic rhythm created with brushes on drums. Perfection!

The fifth track, “Saint Teresa,” is intriguing — opening with dramatic vocals that sound like they’ve been sung over diner sound effects. Then, the song suddenly shifts into an up-tempo pop masterpiece, with a strong backbeat and brass trimmings.

Really, every track on Ring is excellent. This is a band that deserves more recognition than it receives…although I’ll hold off on telling you to fly to Twin Cities to catch one of their live shows until we can all comfortably do that again — without any lawsuits.

 

 

22-Year-Old Sophie Allison’s Soccer Mommy Delivers a Deeply Personal Sophomore Studio Release

28 Apr

Sophia Regina Allison is a rapidly rising singer-songwriter music star. Born in Switzerland in the late 1990s, she’s lived most of her nearly 23 years in Nashville, Tennessee. While at college at New York University, she played her first show as Soccer Mommy.

The moniker stuck, and Allison landed a record deal with well-known indie label, Fat Possum Records. She left school, came home to Nashville and began releasing a stream of albums — starting with the homegrown Collection in 2017, highly acclaimed Clean in 2018, and her latest studio release, Color Theory — which has received an equal amount of critical praise.

Allison describes her music as “chill, but sad” indie pop-rock — with a dash of grunge. Her songwriting is influenced by anxiety and depression that she openly admits to suffer from. One of the factors contributing to this has been having to deal with her mother’s fight with cancer, which has been going on since Sophie was a teenager.

These concerns are reflected in her introspective, often raw, painfully honest lyrics — offset by bright, clean melodies and refined arrangements. The colors Allison sings about in Color Theory represent various moods — blue for depression and anxiety; yellow, for physical or mental illness; and gray, for sadness and loss. Allison paints from this palette throughout her exceptional ten-song set.

Track highlights: Color Theory opens with “Bloodstream,” with its steady, strummed acoustic and crying electric guitars. Allison’s high, dream-like vocals muse about the happier times of childhood versus the realities of adult challenges.

The next track, “Circle The Drain,” is one of the catchiest on the album. It’s a poppy and upbeat bop — with lyrics that remain a bit bleak at times. Once again, cascading guitars and synth define the tune.

The fourth cut on Color Theory is “Night Swimming,” a quieter tune with jangly guitar and wistful, reverbed vocals. The layered samples of people walking on a busy street are meant to convey that a person can be alone even in the midst of a crowd.

“Yellow Is The Color Of Her Eyes” is epic and anthemic. The tune is hazy shoegaze throughout its more than seven-minute length — with swelling guitar washes, several keyboards all played by Allison and her soaring, angelic vocals.

The final tune of note in the set is “Lucy,” a bigger jangle with a stop-and-go drum track and an edgy feeling. But really, all of the songs in this collection have merit.

Listening to Color Theory, it’s easy to see why the critics are so excited about this 22-year-old with so much songwriting potential going forward.

 

Oakland’s Bye Bye Blackbirds Are Ready to Rock with their Latest, “Boxer At Rest”

22 Apr

If you like good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll or power pop — the kind of music designed to be played live or turned up to 10 on your home stereo system — then Oakland’s The Bye Bye Blackbirds is your kind of band.

It’s been three years or so since their last album. (My review is here.) Part of the reason for that was one of the founding members, guitarist Lenny Gill, experienced serious medical issues that necessitated a long recovery period.

The good news is that Lenny has fully recovered. The even better news is that his return enabled the release of Boxer At Rest. The tracks were all finished, except for Lenny’s guitar parts. Once he felt better and was able to get back into the studio to play his guitar parts — the album could finally be mixed and produced. And it will be officially released this Friday, April 24th.

Lenny’s health challenges — and those faced by some friends and acquaintances of lead singer-songwriter, Bradley Skaught  — have guided the album toward themes of “the passing of friends, loved ones, artists and inspirations” — according to the band’s release notes. Boxer At Rest is a “guitar-rock record full of life and energy…with swagger and smarts.”

Better prepare your neighbors for the noise.

Track highlights: “You Were All Light” is a powerhouse opener — cracking, straight-ahead rock with dual lead guitars and cool horns added — plus Kelly Atkins harmonizing with Skaught.

Track 4 on Boxer At Rest, “Baby It’s Still You” gives us a taste of Americana-flavored rock or even alt-country, in a style reminiscent of the Byrds. Once again, bold brass helps fill out the arrangement in the chorus.

The next song on the nine-track album is “Words & Signs,” a beautiful acoustic ballad — featuring Bradley’s sweet and smooth vocals.

One song not to be overlooked — and at 7:42, it’s hard to miss — is “If It Gets Light.” This is a BIG, chugging prog-rocker, driven by a rapid bass line and pounding beat. The psych-rock guitar solos will definitely sear your ears during the lead breaks throughout the song. Epic!

If you’re interested in a digital download, CD or vinyl of Boxer At Rest, you can find out more at thebyebyeblackbirds.bandcamp.com.

 

Anton Barbeau Returns with Another Creative Collection of Psychedelic Pop-Rock

2 Apr

Anton Barbeau is prolific. No doubt about it. Producing 25-30 albums for himself and in collaboration with various bands over the course of a 25+ year career is ample evidence of that. He’s a freewheeling singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who creates music that’s tuneful while being anti-formulaic and unapologetic — with whimsical, stream of consciousness lyrics about pretty much any subject.

“Pre-apocalyptic, psychedelic pop” is what he calls it.

Originally from the Sacramento area, Barbeau now resides in Berlin, Germany. He currently performs with two bands — Kenny, based in Sacramento, and Thrust, located in Oxford, England. (He also sometimes sings lead vocals for a French band he helped form called Salt.)

Kenny and Thrust are the inspiration for his latest album, Kenny vs. Thrust.

Barbeau included five songs from his work with each of the two bands, with one, “Jingle Jangle,” added as a solo artist.

The result is music that ranges from “surreal acoustic balladry to experimental electronica to the mutant neo-cabaret of his most recent album, Berliner Grotesk,” according to the album notes from his new label Big Stir Records in Burbank.

Track highlights: “Jingle Jangle” is the most radio-friendly tune on Kenny vs. Thrust. It’s jangle pop — duh — with a catchy melody. Soaring guitar cuts through in the lead break.

Up next is “Clean Clothes In A Dirty Bag.” The song pays old-timey homage to the early rock of the 1960s. It’s up-tempo and fun, with rapid-fire lyrics and a prominent fuzz guitar.

“Haunted In Fenland” features strummy electric guitars and a bouncy beat, with vocals that are vaguely reminiscent of Dylan. “Back To Balmain” follows, with its breezy pop-rock in a pulsing synth-scape.

A final highlight on Kenny Vs. Thrust is “Mahjong Dijon,” clearly illustrating the way in which Barbeau plays with words and can turn anything into song lyrics. The tune consists of confident rolling rock with big strummed 12-string and acoustic guitars over an intriguing, triplet-based rhythm.

Kenny vs. Thrust is another great trip through the fertile mind of Northern California native, Anton Barbeau.

 

Quivers Returns with a Shimmery, Jangly Indie Pop EP

10 Mar

Quivers is a four-piece band that’s originally from Hobart, Tasmania — and is now based in Melbourne, Australia. Guitarist and singer-songwriter, Sam Nicholson, started Quivers following the death of his brother in a free-diving accident. The other band members are Michael Panton (guitar), Bella Quinlan (bass) and Holly Thomas (drums) — with everyone contributing to the rich harmonies.

Quivers calls their music “cathartic guitar pop that’s somewhere between 80s Australia and 90s America.” Whatever it is, most songs have a nice shimmer and jangle to go with the appealing melodies.

Their latest release, You’re Not Always On My Mind, is an EP that contains three songs: two original compositions and a cover of an R.E.M. tune released in — you guessed it — 1990s America.

Track highlights: The title track opens the three-song EP. It’s lovely — jangly, shimmery pop rock with a peppy beat. The lead vocals are reverbed, with hazy background vocals.

Track 2, “When It Breaks,” is chimey and sweet, with a pulsing bass line and cracking drums. The vocals are a nice interplay between the strong, smooth male lead and warm female backing.

The brief EP closes with a cover of an R.E.M. tune called “Me In Honey.” The original was included on the group’s 1991 Out Of Time album. Quivers is a natural for covering R.E.M — in fact, word is that Quivers is working on an album consisting solely of R.E.M. covers. In this case, the song is a well-done, if more acoustic, rendition of the original tune.

Quivers is also said to be working on a new album of original songs. If You’re Not Always On My Mind serves as an appetizer, the upcoming album should be a feast for the ears for indie fans.

 

Canadian Andy Shauf Delivers a Warm, Wise, Often Witty Look at Life and Relationships in “The Neon Skyline”

28 Jan

Andy Shauf is from Regina, the capital of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Set in the midst of rolling prairies and forests just north of Montana and the Dakotas, the city seems an unlikely locale to produce an emerging musical superstar. Yet that’s the direction the gifted singer-songwriter is headed — at least in his home country, and deservedly, in the U.S. and elsewhere as well.

Shauf’s previous album, The Party, earned him nominations for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music prize, a Juno award as breakthrough artist of the year, and Pop Artist of the Year in the Western Canadian Music Awards. The premise of the album was a bunch of slice-of-life vignettes from a party on a single night.

With the release of his latest, The Neon Skyline, Shauf has taken the party down the road to the bar of a real-life Toronto diner, The Skyline. There, his fictional protagonist; the protagonist’s friend, Charlie; the protagonist’s ex, Judy; bartender, Rose; and young mother, Claire, interact and deal with life’s highs, lows and unavoidable bumps in the road.

The songwriting is extraordinary — the lyrics touching and telling, humorous and heartrending at times. Arrangements are sparse to ensure that the story comes through — featuring the standard guitar, bass and drums, but also keyboards, clarinet and horns.

Shauf did all of the songwriting, arranging, producing, vocals (in his unique Saskatchewan accent), and, I think, played most or all of the instruments — even the clarinet. He’s amazing!

He also reportedly wrote 50 songs for The Neon Skyline, selecting 11 of the best for the finished album. The resulting attention to detail and exceptional narrative elements set to catchy melodies make this certain to be one of the best of 2020, even though the year has just begun.

Track highlights: The story of The Neon Skyline begins to unfold with the title track. It’s a melodic, strummy tune with a simple, crisp rhythm and wistful vocals — and it introduces the characters and sets the stage for the various vignettes to follow.

Track 5, “Things I Do,” is the second single from the album — an up-tempo tune with chimey keyboards, guitar lines, horns, and handclaps.

At first listen, Track 8 “The Moon” comes across as a simple, slow, folk-rock ballad. But the lyrics are heartfelt and poignant, as the small group decides they need a change of pace (going to a different bar!), then describe their journey as “making their way to the moon.” This song is also where the protagonist realizes that he and Judy aren’t getting back together again.

The best song on The Neon Skyline is “Try Again,” a fabulous indie pop tune with a really catchy melody and some great lines. For example, when the singer and Judy are together, he sings, “She puts her hand on the sleeve of my coat/She says ‘I’ve missed this’/I say, ‘I know, I’ve missed you, too’/She says ‘I was actually talking about your coat.'” This kind of songwriting is hard to find today.

One last song of note is Track 10, “Fire Truck,” another strummy folk-pop tune with playful keys and tender vocals.

Really, the entire 11-song set is excellent — with dashes of folk-rock, chamber-pop and jazz, together with indie pop. The Neon Skyline is well worth downloading or streaming via your favorite music service. And one final mention: if you’d like to see Andy Shauf live, he’ll be in San Francisco on Friday, February 21st at August Hall. Might want to put that on your calendar.

 

KZSU Time Traveler Top 37 Indie Pop, Rock and Folk Albums of 2019

12 Jan

1 Artist: Vampire Weekend
Track: Harmony Hall
Album: Father Of The Bride
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlkTVMMkCP4

2 Artist: Jenny Lewis
Track: Red Bull & Hennessy
Album: On The Line
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9PjniODmbU

3 Artist: Angel Olsen
Track: All Mirrors
Album: All Mirrors
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjt698Zv5jQ

4 Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Track: Seventeen
Album: Remind Me Tomorrow
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7sTHoeH0eA

5 Artist: Weyes Blood
Track: Everyday
Album: Titanic Rising
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJ-BFlTo5ag

6 Artist: The National
Track: Rylan
Album: I Am Easy To Find
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbXnnn8z1tE

7 Artist: Big Thief
Track: U.F.O.F.
Album: U.F.O.F.
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjPa7M5n2CU

8 Artist: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Track: Bright Horses
Album: Ghosteen
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfKYImFP_Pw

9 Artist: Moon Duo
Track: Stars Are The Light
Album: Stars Are The Light
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYXVk4cEbkY

10 Artist: Sofa City Sweetheart
Track: Stop The Thinking
Album: Super(b) Exitos
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9dnVNzEsD0

11 Artist: Better Oblivion Community Center
Track: Dylan Thomas
Album: Better Oblivion Community Center
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXzReYLuavg

12 Artist: The New Pornographers
Track: Colossus Of Rhodes
Album: In The Morse Code Of Brake Lights
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX5Hm70kiDI

13 Artist: Purple Mountains
Track: Darkness And Cold
Album: Purple Mountains
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZKMa-ByLBQ

14 Artist: Bill Callahan (smog)
Track: 747
Album: Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXrgIKy-o3s

15 Artist: Jenny Hval
Track: Ashes To Ashes
Album: The Practice Of Love
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Bq5s2oRp24

16 Artist: Lawrence Arabia
Track: Solitary Guys
Album: Lawrence Arabia’s Singles Club
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zQ3ccrtyZM

17 Artist: In The Valley Below
Track: Blue Sky Drugs
Album: The Pink Chateau
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_7y6jRWmow

18 Artist: Cate Le Bon
Track: Home To You
Album: Reward
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2Xsu1q3cAw

19 Artist: GO FEVER
Track: Olivia
Album: Daydream Hawker
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3vC3YXt41Q

20 Artist: New Spell
Track: Where You Are
Album: Where You Are – Single
Listen: http://newspell.bandcamp.com/track/where-you-are

21 Artist: Phosphorescent
Track: New Birth In New England
Album: C’est La Vie
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wn27g_eKP5I

22 Artist: Andrew Bird
Track: Sisyphus
Album: My Finest Work Yet
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-KOZl5CLbU

23 Artist: Chastity Belt
Track: Ann’s Jam
Album: Chastity Belt
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pJvtX4-S24

24 Artist: The Cinematic Orchestra
Track: To Believe (featuring Moses Sumney)
Album: To Believe
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7q4sgupsZc

25 Artist: Anton Barbeau
Track: don’tforgettogetyourfingerwet
Album: Berliner Grotesk
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM2fdq3GpdI

26 Artist: Jay Som
Track: Superbike
Album: Anak Ko
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1Z7UDNyCWQ

27 Artist: Belle and Sebastian
Track: Sister Buddha
Album: Days Of The Bagnold Summer
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9QjEtsMmuo

28 Artist: Fruit Bats
Track: The Bottom Of It
Album: Gold Past Life
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEqCuBG8VEo

29 Artist: Robbie Robertson
Track: I Hear You Paint Houses
Album: Sinematic
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzQCV4LQDV0

30 Artist: Michael Dayvid
Track: The Trails Of Destiny
Album: Solveig’s Shadow
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=keSSjG7s4cg

31 Artist: Pedro The Lion
Track: Yellow Bike
Album: Phoenix
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQik6WpwRug

32 Artist: Carlos Santana
Track: Breaking Down The Door
Album: Africa Speaks
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5OspxMTwis

33 Artist: Tacocat
Track: New World
Album: This Mess Is A Place
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAb-nbMtSbk

34 Artist: Lucy Dacus
Track: La Vie En Rose
Album: 2019 EP
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynDeTGUji1I

35 Artist: Mark Knopfler
Track: Good On You Son
Album: Down The Road Wherever
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIBCHh-fMUE

36 Artist: Steve Mason
Track: Stars Around My Heart
Album: About The Light
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GA25KkXBlng

37 Artist: The Dates
Track: Any Other Nite
Album: Ask Again Later
Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gitxR1PtWvc